Before launching her literary career, Quintessa spent her younger years reading, developing business, and obtaining degrees. Many of the books she read she could relate to. The characters seemed so real that she could place herself in the lives of those she read about. She began to write poetry, but that dream died. After marrying and having children, the events that occurred around her inspired her to write urban fiction novels.
When not writing, Quintessa spends time with her family, runs a home care business with her business partner, and just enjoys life.
With the blessing of God, she will continue to be an inspiration to her readers and give them nothing but page- turners.
About her most recent book
Columbus is the capital of Ohio, and Columbus is where all the violence goes down. Poppa Joe is the King Pin nothing moves unless he say so, with so much power he made so many enemies. Everyone was afraid to knock him off his throne that was until he came across Batman the most corrupt cop in town. Both men have a team and neither of them are looking to back down, but things start to unravel within the team. Friends began to fold and the rest shall remain untold. Who will take over Columbus Poppa Joe or Batman?
When did you first decide you wanted to become an author?
How did you decide on the idea for your 1st book? 2nd book? 3rd book, etc?
My first book I decided to write when I was reading a book called The Cartel. I felt like I love to read and I know how to write so I begin to just write and explore my thoughts and it just start coming natural. So from book 1 I was excited about the feedback and wrote book 2.
How long did it take you to complete your first book? What was the process like?
It took me about six months. I think I would have gotten done ahead of time but I didn't have enough self-confidence. I would read bits of my book to my cousins and husband and they loved it. That's what push me to actually finish.
What’s so rewarding about writing books and being an author?
Writing books gives you the opportunity to open your mind and share it with the world. The mind is such a beautiful thing that can develop any imagination you can think of. I love the fact that I can just be sitting in a restaurant and tune the noises out and look around and actually develop something to place in a book just off of what my eyes would see. When it is your calling to write, it becomes natural.
Was there ever a time you felt like giving up?
Absolutely! The retuning phase was a struggle for me. I cried and even took days off because I was so over whelmed. Also when I was writing and forgetting to save my work and it gets erased, I get upset and have to take a day or two to refocus.
There’s more to being an author than writing a book. How do you manage to handle the business side of things?
I usually handle side business during the day and write at night but, no matter where I am or what I'm doing I always keep a notebook with me to jot down ideas.
Do you have an editor or do you edit your own books?
For my first book I went through one person for everything and my second book I learned from the first book you have to go to someone else for specific things.
Who does the cover art for your book(s)?
AMB BRANDING DESIGN
Do you ever encounter writer’s block? How do you get past it?
Yes, it was so stressful!! I had to take a break and then comeback to it. I read other books to give me that drive to get back motivated.
How often do you write?
I try to write something every day.
Tell us about your last book signing.
My last book signing was amazing. So many people attended. I had a friend who is really popular host it. There was food, cake and I signed so many books that highlighted a very important part in my life. I felt so loved!
Beside social media, what other methods are you using to get the word out about your book(s)?
Word of mouth
As a Woman of Color, what inspires you the most?
To see women just like me striving to write and read which is something that we never we allowed to do back in slavery. Knowing I'm doing something that color women were not supposed to be doing back then makes me fell huge and very confident.
Who is your biggest influence?
My husband. He pushes me beyond the limits.
Have you ever done something in the past you regret? How did you get through it?
Absolutely! I moved to another state without a plan. I had to really evaluate things once I was situated I came up with a plan and stayed on the state then moved back to my hometown and learned proper plan can prevent a poor performance.
How do you get through the tough times in life when life throws what it throws at you?
I just pray and try to remember God doesn't put more on you than you can handle and it’s someone going through something worse than me.
What is one goal you want to accomplish for yourself in 2013?
I would like to get my books all over the world.
What do you have planned next?
Do book signings all over the world and meet other authors.
How can readers and others in the literary community reach you?
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